Thursday, June 07, 2018
Thursday Movie Picks: Speeches, Soliloquies, & Monologues
For the 23rd week of 2018 as part of Wandering Through the Shelves' Thursday Movie Picks series hosted by Wanderer. We focus on films with some form of soliloquy, speech, or a monologue. A moment in the film that could be inspiring or just downright silly. Here are my three picks:
From the trio of the Zucker brothers and Jim Abrahams comes one of the great film parodies ever made about a flight that goes horribly wrong all because the pilot, the co-pilots, and some passengers choose to eat fish and the only person that can save them is a traumatized war pilot with a drinking problem. Once he’s driven by fear and lets the inflatable co-pilot do the job for him, it’s up to Leslie Nielsen as a doctor to give him this great inspirational speech which is a great rip off of the Notre Dame speech in Knute Rockne, All American.
2. Scent of a Woman
OK, this is a film that has become polarizing in some respects even though it did give Al Pacino his long-awaited Oscar though it would also make him parody by doing “hoo-ha” in some of the films he does. Yet, there is this great speech that his character does in defending this young man who refuses to snitch against a trio of classmates over a prank on a professor at this prep school. This is one of Pacino’s finest moments as it play into what this school would do to make this young man to try and do things a certain way.
3. On Deadly Ground
Undoubtedly one of the worst films ever made by a fat, tubby, wife-beating, traitorous bitch in Steven Seagal comes a film about a whistleblower who teams with some Alaskan natives to fight off a bunch of oilmen led by Michael Caine (phoning it in and taking a paycheck) over environmental issues. As an action film, it’s just stupid as fuck with people like R. Lee Emrey and Billy Bob Thornton be used as Caine’s minions. Yet, the film is bogged down by one of the worst film speeches ever made that is nothing more than a heavy-handed and preachy speech that never has any heart. All it did was inspire this hilarious moment in South Park:
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